Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Idiot of the Month: Rush Limbaugh

If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the latest idiocy to escape from Rush Limbaugh’s pie hole:

These polls on how one-third of blue-collar white Democrats won’t vote for Obama because he’s black, and — but he’s not black. Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood? He doesn’t have any African — that’s why when they asked whether he was authentic, whether he’s down for the struggle. He’s Arab. You know, he’s from Africa. He’s from Arab parts of Africa. He’s not — his father was — he’s not African-American. The last thing that he is is African-American. I guess that’s splitting hairs, I don’t — it’s just all these little things, everything seems upside-down today in this country.

Where do you start? First of all, Rush, there are no “Arab parts of Africa.” There are Muslim parts of Africa, or at least parts of Africa, particularly in the North and Northeast, that are predominately Muslim. But Muslim does not mean Arab, you dolt. One can be Muslim without being Arab (and millions are) and one can be Arab without being Muslim (and again, millions are).

Africa, on the other hand, is a continent. Anyone whose ancestors came from Africa and is now in America is, by definition, an African-American. I suppose one could say that Obama is half African-American because his father was from Kenya and his mother was from the US, but it is sheer idiocy to say that he “has not one shred of African-American blood.”

This is just like all the other “Obama is a Muslim” claims. It has one and only one purpose, to demonize Obama by turning him into Them in the eyes of bigots and xenophobes.